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New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 600(1): Leaving Scene of an Incident Without Reporting- Property Damage

An accident usually results in physical injury or property damage. In New York, you are required by the law to exchange information with the party sustaining the property damage or contact the law enforcement authorities before leaving the scene of an accident. The information should include your driver’s license, insurance identification details for the vehicle involved, your full names and home address. The insurance identification details must include the name of the provider and effective dates of your policy. The party sustaining the damage should also provide his license number. If he is not at the scene of the accident, he should report to the nearest police station as soon as possible.

Reporting a property damage before leaving the scene of the accident provides the police and the insurance company with enough information so that the case can be properly resolved. Leaving the scene without reporting the case or exchanging information may land you into serious trouble. You may be charged with leaving the scene of an accident illegally or hit and run. Even if you stop at the scene immediately the accident occurs, you may still be charged if you refuse to give the one sustaining the property damage your full details.

It is important you be calm after an accident so that you don’t make irrational decisions that might jeopardize your case. Stop the car, take a deep breath and relax. Slowly alight from the car and reach out to the other person involved to exchange information. Many people have been charged in New York’s courts because they failed to observe the due diligence after an accident.

Consider this case. Robert was late for work one morning. He hurriedly took his car keys and drove off hoping to arrive at his workplace on time. While he was driving down the streets in Manhattan, he saw one of his friends waving at him on the other side of the road. With a lot of excitement, he waved back. Unfortunately, he slightly lost control of the vehicle and sideswiped another car nearby. Though he noticed some damage on the side mirror of the car, Robert decided to continue with his journey. The other driver tried to stop him but to no avail. He quickly took a picture of Robert’s license plate.

In this case, Robert is risking heavy penalties or even a jail term for leaving the scene without reporting the damage or hit and run. It is clear that he knew that there was a significant damage to the side mirror of the other car. This offense falls in the category of a traffic infraction and attracts a fine of up to $250. You may also spend up to 15 days in jail if convicted of the crime.

Defenses to the penal code

Before the judge sentences you, the prosecutor must prove that indeed you knew about the property damage but chose to ignore it. In this case, the prosecutor will gather evidence from the other driver or talk to those who were nearby. He may also request for the camera footage of the incident from the traffic department. In your defense, you must prove beyond any reasonable doubts that you did not realize you hit an object or another vehicle.

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The chances of succeeding when charged with violating the penal code are slim if you decide to defend yourself without a lawyer. A NYC criminal lawyer knows how to gather critical evidence and convince the judges to rule the case in your favor. You need a lawyer who has a lot of experience in defending clients in New York courts. The lawyer must also have a good track record and reputation.

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 600(2): Leaving scene of an incident without reporting- personal injury

In the state of New York, if you’re involved in a car accident that consists of physical injury, injury to an animal or property damage, it’s illegal for you to leave the scene of the accident. When any one of those instances occur, you’re required to notify someone of the accident, and you must remain at the scene at all times. When police arrive at the scene, you’ll be required to provide at least the following information:

-Your name and address
-Proof of insurance, including the name and address of who holds the insurance and the name and contact information of the insurance company
-Your driver’s license number

Example of Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Say you’re driving down a road when the car in front of you comes to a sudden stop, and you hit the back of the car. Nothing major, just a scratch or two can be seen as far as the property damage to the vehicle. The driver of the other car exits his vehicle, and you both ask each other if you’re okay. You are fine, and the other driver seems fine a well, although you do notice him gently rubbing the back of his neck. You shake the other driver’s hand, hand him your contact information, and drive away.

After you left, the other driver realizes he’s not feeling well and ends up in the emergency room. Because of this, the police find you and charge you with leaving the scene of an accident.

Defenses Your Attorney May Rely On

In order for you to not be convicted of the crime of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, your defense attorney would have to argue a few different points, including that you did not realize you hit another vehicle or that you did not realize you caused injury to someone. Keep in mind that someone can suffer a minor injury, one that is not defined as a physical injury in the criminal code, and you’ll also have a valid defense if you left the scene without.

Sentencing if Convicted

There are a number of considerations when a judge sentences a defendant with leaving the scene of an accident with an injury. For example, you could be charged just for not showing your license and insurance information, and in that case, you’ll see a monetary fine of upwards of $500 and three months in jail. Other reasons for your charge could find you paying a fine of up to $1,000 and facing a year in jail. If this is your second leaving the scene of an accident offense, the crime’s punishment increases to a fine of up to $2,500 and up to four years in prison. If a person dies as a result of the accident and you’re charged with leaving the scene, you face a fine as much as $5,000 and up to seven years in prison.

Retain an experienced defense attorney if you’re charged with leaving the scene of an accident. It’s very important that you provide accurate and correct information to your attorney, including details of the accident, who was involved if you think there were any witnesses and the reasons why you left the scene. All of this information is very important to the overall defense of your crime.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



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